CIW SHU unit evacuated

At approximately 1230 hours a code 1 was requested to the SHU unit, initial reports is that two inmates set a fire within the cell. Staff responded and attempted to take custody of the inmates and extinguish the fire. The alarm was elevated to a code 2, additional staff was needed. Staff could not get the cell door open, as the inmates manipulated the cell door from opening. Subsequently the cell door was opened and the inmates were taken into custody. All additional staff was needed to evacuate the SHU unit. The inmates were sent out to area hospitals for further treatment. The fire was extinguished and eventually all the inmates were re-housed in the unit. The response supervisor and staff did a great job responding to the incident. Several outside agencies responded and of course the media trucks also showed up! (just another day dealing with Gender Response/WEFO!!) This place is off the hook…………..Back to Basics..huh….


CCPOA Members are we beyond fustrated yet?

The question now is does CCPOA owe it’s members some sort of labor negotiation update? We are now into the holiday season and our Contract has been expired since July 1st. Many of you have contacted me via email and messages to this site. I have to be honest never has the line of communication been shut down like this before. We all get it, were trying to keep our Negotiations out of the media and public scrutiny. Many of us have been very critical of our past CCPOA President, but at least information was shared with it’s members, whether we agreed or not. Is it now the plan for our present CCPOA President to keep it’s members in the dark? Are they thinking the less information released the less it’s members get to voice their critical concerns? Chuck we have confidence in your leadership, however it’s time us members get to hear from you!!! (riders, please keep your comments civil and show your concerns in a professional manner, let the CCPOA SAC crew hear your concerns)


Corcoran Inmate shot during brawl

6 inmates injured in brawl at California prison in Corcoran

Posted: Nov 06, 2015 5:51 PM PST Updated: Nov 06, 2015 5:51 PM PST

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) – Six inmates have been injured – one critically – in a brawl at a Central California prison. It happened Thursday night at the state lockup in Corcoran, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.

Authorities say an inmate was attacked by two others in a maximum-security dayroom, which quickly led to a brawl involving 20 inmates.  Guards shot one inmate and used foam bullets and pepper-spray grenades on others to break up the fighting.

The inmate who was shot is hospitalized Friday in stable condition and an inmate who was stabbed several times is listed in critical condition.

Authorities say four other inmates were treated for cuts and head trauma.
Inmate activities have been curtailed while the cause of the fight is investigated.


Famous CIM Prison Author (i couldn’t make this stuff up!)

Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez was serving time in the California Institute for Men in Chino, California, when a prison riot led to an unexpected meal and fellowship. The warmth generated by that event inspired him to write a cookbook of recipes that use ramen noodles.
As Alvarez tells Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd: “That’s everybody’s staple in prison. No matter who you are, you’re cooking with ramen.” The result, written with his childhood friend Clifton Collins, Jr., is “Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars.”

Book Excerpts: ‘Prison Ramen’

Recipes and stories from “Prison Ramen” by Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez, reprinted with the permission of Workman Publishing Company. Copyright © 2015 by Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez.

Send Me A Mail-Out!

In the current federal prison system, you’re not allowed to carry money. All currency is gained by electronic transfers. An inmate’s ID card serves as a debit card. An inmate can purchase items at the commissary or send money home by swiping the ID card. It can also be used for buying stuff from prison-sanctioned mail-order catalogs—clothes, shoes, and sundries that are mailed to you in prison. The money in your account is either sent from someone in the free world, or you earn it doing a job in prison. The legitimate jobs pay from ten cents a day to $150 a month. A lot more money is made by gambling or selling drugs to people in prison.

Sometimes an inmate can rack up some serious debt—hundreds or even thousands of dollars—and will have to pay through a “mail-out.” This is when the debtor sends the person he owes payment, with help from an outsider, a money order or cashier’s check. Some inmates I’ve known had accounts of more than $100,000. Now there’s a cap on how much money an inmate can have on his books because there was a lot of dirty money washing. An inmate’s associate could send him a cashier’s check or money order from drug sales or some other illegal act and in turn the inmate could send money elsewhere in the form of a clean federal check. The system was used this way for years. It surprised me how long it took the IRS to finally catch on.